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Watch USA Luge video promoting fastest sport on ice

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USA Luge launched a video featuring Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin and two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer promoting the fastest sport on ice Tuesday.

Luge speeds can reach 90 mph, and races are often decided by hundredths of a second, even thousandths.

In Sochi, Hamlin earned the first U.S. singles luge medal by .433 of a second.

This past season, Mazdzer won a World Cup bronze medal by .014 of a second.

U.S. lugers earned 12 World Cup medals in the 2014-15 season, one shy of the team record from 1996-97.

“The creative in the film gives us a chance to tell the story of our sport broken down to its most basic component; the luge athlete’s never-ending competition against time,” USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy said. “The difference between going home with a medal or going home empty-handed is literally milliseconds.”

USA Luge has more information on the video here.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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